Oklahoma Tornado Destroys 2 Schools & Hysterical Parents Wait for News

The images of the powerful tornado that ripped through Oklahoma this afternoon and its aftermath are horrifying, but none are more heartbreaking than those of the two schools that were in its path. Rescuers are currently searching through the rubble now, and the number of deaths there and elsewhere throughout the state continues to rise.

According to reports, both Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma, were hit ... and hit hard, with the buildings' roofs being ripped right off. While several children have been pulled from the rubble alive, it's unknown how many teachers and students were in the building at the time ... and where many of them are now.

CNN reports that at this time, at least 51 people -- including 20 from Plaza Towers Elementary School -- were killed. We can only hope that number doesn't grow.

Reports say heroic teachers covered the children's bodies with their own to protect them, but in some cases, it wasn't enough against the storm's power. Understandably hysterical parents are said to be converging around the rubble. Search and rescue efforts will continue throughout the night, as these parents wait.

As a parent, the first thing I think of when storm clouds start moving in is how long it would take me to get to my kids at school. What if disaster strikes while they're there, away from me. I imagine how terrified they would be, and how I couldn't comfort them, and I'm sure every parent with a child at those schools has imagined such a scenario before too. Today it became their reality.

To them our hearts go out. For them we pray.

Have your children ever been at school when a natural disaster has struck?

 

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BethL... BethLinton

i cant imagine how scared those parents are right now. my thoughts are going out to them

Melanie Sj Brown

Last year in Meridianville, AL, a tornado touched down right behind my son's school. My son was texting me when the sirens were going off.. and I couldn't get to him... they waited til the threat was almost over and bused the kids off to a church farther down the road...  I saw the devastation from that tornado the next day when I picked him up from school.... missed the school completely, but demolishing several homes in the suburb next to the church... the church also had some damages.... but not as bad as the homes...

Nichole Neathery

I pray we are out of Central Kansas before my son gets into school. I couldn't imagine wht those parents are going through right now, but I can tell you its been a HUGE fear of mine with him at a baby sitters while me and his dad are working. I hate it. This week ill be on edge, were supposed to have storms still this week(or were last time I looked) and I already don't do storms well(unless we're at my moms house with the reinforced storm shelter)

Nichole Neathery

I pray we are out of Central Kansas before my son gets into school. I couldn't imagine wht those parents are going through right now, but I can tell you its been a HUGE fear of mine with him at a baby sitters while me and his dad are working. I hate it. This week ill be on edge, were supposed to have storms still this week(or were last time I looked) and I already don't do storms well(unless we're at my moms house with the reinforced storm shelter)

gshiel gshiel

Prayers for all those affected by the tornado. My heart is breaking when there are kids hurt. frown mini

Tonya Wintle Villarreal

I just couldn't imagine...but just remember to say "Thank you" with accordance of God's Word...wow, prayers are being sent up for all of those families. I have a sister, her husband and their little girl that live about 20 miles from where those tornadoes struck, but they are all okay. My own little girl is sitting across the room saying "Mom, come here"...I couldn't imagine not ever hearing those words again... God bless~

Malinda Miller

yes just this past January in adairsville GA and that's all i could think about i went to the school and picked them up after it was gone. we had no warning it was coming so i couldn't go till after because by the time i realized it was was on top of us and i only live a block from the school!! luckily the school was untouched!! there where parents walking over five miles to get to the school because all the roads where blocked in this little town and we had no power so the school didn't either but they did take precautions!! it was scary and hard on the kids!! it was a high end EF3 that came through!but nothing compared to what these victims are seeing in Oklahoma

momof... momof3198

from what all the news stations here are saying all the students are safe and accounted for at Briarwood elementry, but at the towr plaza school there were still kids unaccounted for last time I checked wihh was an hour hour and a half ago

momof... momof3198

from what all the news stations here are saying all the students are safe and accounted for at Briarwood elementry, but at the towr plaza school there were still kids unaccounted for last time I checked wihh was an hour hour and a half ago

momof... momof3198

from what all the news stations here are saying all the students are safe and accounted for at Briarwood elementry, but at the towr plaza school there were still kids unaccounted for last time I checked wihh was an hour hour and a half ago

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